Northern Ireland Inches Closer to Legalizing Gay Marriage

Northern Ireland has moved closer to legalizing gay and lesbian marriage in the country—the last remaining part of the UK that doesn’t have marriage equality.

According to GSN:

Labour’s Stella Creasy and Conor McGinn led a cross-party bid and were joined by Tory backbencher Tom Tugendhat. They introduced a private members bill to include an amendment to a Bill currently passing through parliament.

The emergency Bill hopes to restore order to Northern Ireland’s public service. It would also give better more authority to public servants in the absence of ministers.

The House of Commons voted 207-117 to pass the amendment, and the chamber erupted in applause. The new amendment will mount pressure on the government to change the legislation.

Same-sex unions are recognized in the country as civil partnerships if the couple is married in another part of the UK.

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